|What is defined as "economically disadvantaged"?|
This measure is based on a student's participation in one or more of the following state-administered programs:
- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
- the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC);
- the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) foster care program; and
- Eligible MassHealth (Medicaid).
|Where does a school find information regarding if a student is designated "economically disadvantaged"?||This information can be found in the SIMS file exchange. It is updated 3x/year and there is an end-of-year full report as well.|
|Who has access to the SIMS file exchange?|
Access to security portal applications is managed by each district's one or more Directory Administrators. Security roles can be assigned to individuals at the district level, giving those people access to district-wide information, or at the school level, for checking information pertaining to a school or multiple schools only, but not the entire district.
There is likely school personnel who have access to SIMS at the school level for validation purposes.
|Where can I find the criteria for qualification for the College Board's reduced fee?|
All students who are designated as "economically disadvantaged" are eligible for the College Board Reduced Fee.
Additional students may qualify even if they are not participating in the four state-administered programs if there is information on family income level.
Complete list of criteria
|What about undocumented students?||DESE will not be collecting information on students around immigration status. The agency's definition of "economically disadvantaged" is the level of identification and information collected by the agency.|